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TOPIC: Is There A Fundamental Level? by Joey L and Sophia G [refresh]
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Author Joey L wrote on Jan. 31, 2018 @ 20:32 GMT
Essay Abstract

This paper discusses what is fundamental in modern physics. We will start by arguing that completeness and universality are the two criteria or expectations that physicists have in mind for a theory of physics to be fundamental. To do this, we will make explicit what foundational assumptions are made in their conception of what is fundamental, one of which is that all other scientific theories can be reduced to the fundamental theory of physics, but not vice versa. The fact that this reduction only goes one way distinguishes the fundamental from the non-fundamental. Then we will focus on one objection on how duality poses a problem for identifying the fundamental theory in this way, and even questions if there is a fundamental level at all. The last section will discuss possible responses to this objection.

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Joey.L is a student in the physics department of California Institute of Technology. Sophia.G is a student in University of Southern California.

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Branko L Zivlak wrote on Feb. 1, 2018 @ 13:33 GMT
Dear Sophiaa and Joey

If you want to reach a theory of everything, you will waste your time studying contemporary theories in physics. Try well to understand the Philosophies of the Nature of Newton and Boskovic. It's not easy, but it's very useful.

Your essay is serious and you have a good understanding of modern physics.

With best wishes,

Branko

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Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta wrote on Feb. 10, 2018 @ 02:54 GMT
Dear Joey and Sophia

Very nice thinking about what is fundamental and correctly deduced......" The fact that this reduction only goes one way distinguishes the fundamental from the non-fundamental....." ... By the way...

Here in my essay energy to mass conversion is proposed...……..….. yours is very nice essay best wishes …. I highly appreciate hope your essay and hope for...

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Steven Andresen wrote on Feb. 22, 2018 @ 07:01 GMT
Dear Joey

If you are looking for another essay to read and rate in the final days of the contest, will you consider mine please? I read all essays from those who comment on my page, and if I cant rate an essay highly, then I don’t rate them at all. Infact I haven’t issued a rating lower that ten. So you have nothing to lose by having me read your essay, and everything to...

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Steven Andresen wrote on Feb. 22, 2018 @ 07:07 GMT
Oh, and also Dear Sophia

Sorry to neglect your name in my last message

Steve

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Juan Ramón González Álvarez wrote on Feb. 24, 2018 @ 19:43 GMT
"While we do not expect a rock or a table to obey the theories of biology, it would be unbelievable, or radically revolutionary, if we find some thing in our world that breaks the predictions of physics." Biologists and physics developed their own laws by studying different sets of systems and phenomena. So there is no reason to believe that one set of laws have to contain the other set of laws...

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